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d supported the doctrine of popular sovereignty in relation to slavery in the Territories, and was the author of the Kansas-Nebraska bill (q. v. ); and in 1856 was a rival candidate of Buchanan for the nomination for the Presidency.
He took sides in favor of freedom in Kansas, and so became involved in controversy with President Buchanan.
He was a candidate of the Democratic party in 1860 for President of the United States, but was defeated by Abraham Lincoln.
He died in Chicago, Ill., June 3, 1861.
The Douglas-Lincoln debate.
In opening this famous debate, in Ottawa, Ill., on Aug. 21, 1858, Mr. Douglas spoke as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen,—I appear before you to-day for the purpose of discussing the leading political topics which now agitate the public mind.
By an arrangement between Mr. Lincoln and myself, we are present here to-day for the purpose of having a joint discussion, as the representatives of the two great political parties of the State and U